The NHL announced the postponement of its draft, scouting combine and annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, the latest major events to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The league said it "looks forward to returning to Las Vegas in the future".
While the Scouting Combine might be inessential to the season and draft, the NHL will need to go through the process of selecting amateur players at some point, and the expectation should be that the league hands out awards as well.
This decision comes a day after the league formally requested its team keep building availability through August, which seems like the likely date for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The NHL pressed pause on the season on March 12, and has been unable to provide a firm timetable on resuming activities since shutting down operations. Such a course of action would effectively push these postponed events to some September or October dates.
This sets up the possibility that the NHL could hold the 2020 draft in private and with teams picking from remote locations, something the league hasn't seen since the 1970s in a non-lockout season. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries.